Statistics – UK to Congo Brazzaville

It’s been a while since I published any stats, so for those who like numbers –

Kilometres cycled: 17,123
Kilometres paddled: 350

Days since first leaving the UK: 427
Nights spent in Africa: 339
Nights spent in Africa without paying for accommodation: 179
Most consecutive nights in a tent: 39
Days spent cycling: 198
Number of days cycling alone (on this ‘solo’ adventure): 102
Most consecutive days without using the bike: 24

Average daily distance cycled (cycling days only) in kilometres: 86.5
Average daily distance cycled (rest days included) in kilometres: 40.1

Number of countries travelled through: 19
Number of times I have crossed the Guinean border (legally or otherwise): 8

Most kilometres cycled in one day: 178
Biggest hill cycled up: 1609m
Maximum recorded temperature I have cycled in, in Fahrenheit: 111
Top speed in kilometres per hour: 67

Most consecutive days without a shower: 15
Most consecutive days wearing the same bike shorts without washing them: 12
Number of hot showers in Africa: 13

Number of snakes and scorpions seen (alive): 11
Number of snakes seen in Cameroon and Gabon (dead): 20
Number of termites embedded in my leg: 1
Mosquito bites: 1655*
Most sandfly bites at any one time: 369*

Marriage proposals: 29*
River Crossings (by boat): 15
Most books I had in my panniers at any given time: 15
Most currencies I have carried at one time: 9 (pound, dollar, euro, rand, CFA, Guinea Franc, Leone, Ouguiya, Dalasi)
Cycle tourers met in Africa: 6
Number of puncture repair patches used: 4
Number of times I have worn a bike helmet: 2

Accidents caused: 2
Number of times I have fallen off: 1
Number of times I have been hit by passing traffic: 1
Dead people seen: 3 (bike accident in Morocco, hit and run in Sierra Leone and Nigeria)

Times I have been given incorrect change: 43*
Bribes demanded: 3
Bribes paid: 0

Holes in my Icebreaker top before throwing it away: 134
Pairs of sunglasses lost: 3
Flip-flops broken: 4
Different stoves used: 4

Mayonnaise sandwiches eaten: 92*
Bananas eaten: lost count
Most mangoes eaten in one day: 7
Most melons eaten in one day: 2

Books read: 55

Beers drunk: 491
Average kilometres cycled per beer: 34.9

(* denotes an estimate)

4 Responses to “ Statistics – UK to Congo Brazzaville ”

  1. Great stats Lloydy! I’ve loved reading your blog. It is so interesting and inspiring. Keep it up and good luck for the rest of your trip.


  2. Helen. These stats are going to make some interesting reading in a few years time. Not that they are uninteresting now. Amusing to find the sort of things you count. 1655 mosquito bites. How do you keep up with them? Great to hear from you again. You know I’m following your ‘Life Time Adventure’ You’re doing so well. In accidents caused 2. You mean you have caused the accidents? How did you manage to do that? Stay safe.

  3. Good stats, I can’t believe you have caused two accidents and been hit once, but only fallen off your bike once?

    Number of puncture repair patches used – 4. I used more in one day in Spain!

    Oh and I was with you on the biggest hill cycled up.

    Keep up the blogs. Wish I was there (well maybe not after 15 days consecutively without a shower).

  4. I love this: “Average kilometres cycled per beer: 34.9”

    Just found your site and it’s fascinating, good luck with the trip!

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